Learning Gains and State Assessment Results

National Academic and Character Team Databits

Why does it appear that achieving high learning gains doesn’t seem to guarantee good state test results? In the previous blog post of September 13, 2016, we clearly established that there is a very strong relationship between STAR results and state assessment results. That post ended with the conclusion that: The strength of the relationships reported in the Imagine study …


How Optimizing Performance on STAR Relates to State Assessments

National Academic and Character Team Databits

One of the important issues for our schools is the ability to optimize their student’s performance on state tests. One of my (perhaps overused) comments is that effective education will be reflected on any well-constructed test. If this is true, then we can utilize our own assessment program as a substitute for the state tests and, by optimizing performance on …

Imagine Desert West Goes KaBoom!

Imagine Schools Noteworthy

Early on a warm Saturday morning in Phoenix, more than 300 parents and volunteers from Foresters, an international finance firm, and KaBoom! gathered at Imagine Desert West. Equipped with an array of tools and lots of enthusiasm, they set out to build a playground for more than 1,000 K-8 students who attend this urban school. In less than eight hours, the volunteers completed the play space, which will serve more than 300,000 children and their families for years to come.

Welcome to INSPIRE

Imagine Schools INSPIRE

Welcome to INSPIRE, an at-your-fingertips resource for tips and tools to build capacity for academic excellence and character development.